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The small bakery, based at Newcastle, county Down, won the category, one of 15 in the awards, for its Traditional Irish Wheaten Bannock. The family–owned bakery has also won UK Great Taste and Blas na hEireann, Irish National Food awards for its hand–baked breads.
Runner up in this category was another family bakery, Ann’s Pantry, from Larne in county Antrim, a small company which has also won Great Taste Awards for its breads.
Third placed in the category, which is sponsored by Food NI, the Belfast–based body which promotes smaller food and drink companies in particular, was Deli–Lites of Warrenpoint in country Down. Deli–Lites is a leading producer of food–to–go solutions including baked goods.
Wheaten bread is described as “an oven–baked loaf made with a blend of flours and leavened with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and buttermilk, sometimes known as soda bread”.
Yellow Door, based at Portadown in county Down, was runner–up in the Showstopper category, which is sponsored by Tiptree, for its Banofee Brioche. This category is for the ‘best and most creative bread using a Tiptree product as an ingredient’.
The unique awards not only celebrate the skill of bread–making at its most diverse and inspiring, but also seek to encourage and foster the art of baking both now and for the future generation
The competition is open to artisan bread makers, small high street bakers, home bread–makers, trainee bakers – the next generations.
Bread is a huge industry in the UK – 12 million loaves are sold every day. The phenomenon of the artisan bakery has taken off in the last decade. Not only is commercially–made bread popular, but home–baking is massively on the rise too.Back to all news
Northern Ireland’s Copeland Gin, a specialist in fruit infused craft gins, has been listed by Marks and Spencer. The top retailer has chosen Copeland’s unique raspberry and mint gin for its 18 stores across Northern Ireland – just 11 months after the launch of the company and its ‘ginfusions’.
Dairy companies in Northern Ireland are keen to grow business for cheese and butter particularly in Europe and beyond. More than 80 per cent of Northern Ireland dairy products are currently sold outside the region. Although Great Britain and the European Union remain key markets for Northern Ireland dairy products, exports outside the EU are becoming more important.
Wild Power Wheatgrass in Northern Ireland has won business with top online retailer Ocado for its award winning range of healthy wheatgrass–based drinks.
Dairy co–operative LacPatrick has unveiled a new operation in Northern Ireland that will allow it to process milk on both sides of the Irish border, especially for a growing number of customers in Great Britain. The company has seen a surge of business in Britain as food manufacturing companies there increasingly turn to local suppliers in advance of Brexit.
Cunningham’s Butchers and Food Hall in Northern Ireland has been named “UK Butchers Shop of the Year 2017” at a major event in Britain. The family–owned and managed business, which is based at Kilkeel in county Down, won the coveted title at the Farm Shop and Deli Awards in Birmingham this week.
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